Hey guys. A friend of mine recently told me about the method that he was taught to use at a pro shop. I thought it was a bit odd, so I thought I'd let you all weigh in. Here it goes (my initial responses in bold): 1-lace the first 2 main strings (one on each side of the frame)...so far, so good. 2-pull tension on both strings at the same time...oh, like the Yusuki method, ok. 3-clamp both strings with machine clamps...wait a second. 4-lace the next 2 mains (one on each side)...wait, really? 5-pull both strings at the same time again and clamp...what the? 6-start alternating the lacing/pulling of the mains. Now, my friend is a decent stringer. He strings for me, and is constantly trying to improve as a stringer and player. Good guy...I even trust him to string my frames when I'm too busy teaching. He questioned the method, and said that when he made the first pull on a single string (the 3rd main), all 3 mains on that side moved. I explained that the strings that were pulled simultaneously will have been pulled half tension (since both were pulled at the same time). So, with this method, the first 2 mains on each side (so total of 4 mains in the middle of the frame) will have been all pulled at half tension. Then, when pulling the third main (with a constant pull machine), the machine ends up making a long pull to pick up the reduced tension in the first 2 mains (though, because of friction and the 180 degree bends, the reduced tension cannot be completely corrected). I suggested he discuss the reasoning for using this method with the shop owners. What do you all think?